MSBA Issues Guidance For School Board Meetings During State's Current "Stay Safe" Phase

The transition from Minnesota’s stay-at-home directive to the current stay safe environment may lead some school boards to alter their board meeting approach. It is important to keep in mind that the peacetime state of emergency and pandemic declaration remain in effect. MSBA offers guidance in its updated MSBA School Board Meeting Guide with recognition that the manner in which a school board holds its meetings is largely a matter of local control. Access the updated School Board Meeting Guidance (updated May 28, 2020).


State Graduation/Commencement Ceremony Guidance

Minnesota Department of Education: Graduation/Commencement Celebration Guidance | Press Release (May 8, 2020)

MSBA: Listen to an audio recording of Considerations for 2020 Graduations Discussion (May 14, 2020), featuring MSBA's Kirk Schneidawind and Terry Morrow. NOTE: Log-in required for access.


School Board and School District Guidance

Minnesota Department of Education: Minnesota Summer Programming Guidance for Schools (Updated May 29, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education: Distance Learning and Teaching Implementation Guidance (Updated May 21, 2020)

CDC: Considerations for Schools (May 19, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education: Prioritization of Children of Families Working in Critical Sectors — Summer Programming and Child Care (May 14, 2020)

CDC: Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again (School/camp guidance begins on Page 45; May 2020)

MSBA Legislative Update Webinar: End of the Regular Legislative Session Update (Recorded May 19, 2020) | NOTE: Log-in required for access.

U.S. Department of Education: Providing Services to English Learners During the COVID-19 Outbreak (May 18, 2020)

MSBA: Resolutions for Filling a Temporary Vacancy Due to Illness or Prolonged Absence (May 2020)

Minnesota Department of Health: Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs (Updated May 13, 2020)

MSBA: Frequently Asked Questions from School Board Members and Superintendents  Session I (April 21, 2020) and Session II (May 8, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education: Creating Equitable Grading Systems During COVID-19 (May 1, 2020)

MSBA: Public Hearing Guidance (Updated April 30, 2020) | School Board Meeting Guide (Updated April 7, 2020) | School Board Chair Script for Virtual Meetings (Updated April 7, 2020)

MSBA Sample Resolution: Request for Fund Transfer | Guidance for Transfer of Funds | Request for Fund Transfer Form (April 7, 2020)


Visit the MSBA COVID-19 webpage or the Minnesota Department of Education website for additional resources.

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